More Seafair air-and-sea details: Blue Angels in Seattle tomorrow, Parade of Ships (and aircraft) Wednesday

July 27, 2014 at 7:44 pm | In Blue Angels, Seen at sea, West Seattle news | 14 Comments

Earlier today, we mentioned military aircraft sightings linked to Marine Week, which is part of Seafair this year. But the big show is yet to come – the return of the Blue Angels. Love them or hate them, you might want to know when they’re coming in, in addition to when they’re practicing and performing. So we’ve just confirmed that six Blue Angels arrive at Boeing Field tomorrow (Monday) by 1 pm. (One arrived unannounced today – see Twitter photo above.) A downtown flyby is expected around 12:30 pm. Wednesday, #7 goes up for demonstration flights with one “influencer” and one media person. Then Thursday (9:45-noon and 1:15-2:40 I-90 bridge closures) and Friday are practices, Saturday-Sunday are the official shows (12:15 pm-2:40 pm I-90 closures the latter 3 days). More as the week goes on. Also:

PARADE OF SHIPS/FLIGHT: We’ve already mentioned this feature returns this year too, and the ships will be visible from West Seattle shores on Wednesday afternoon – you might glimpse the aircraft from here too, though in the past we’ve noticed the flybys were closer to downtown. Here’s the list of participating vessels and aircraft expected along the downtown waterfront around 1:45 (so, obviously, passing West Seattle earlier):

Parade of Ships
USS Essex
USS Chancellorsville
USS Howard
CGC Mellon
HMCS Edmonton
HMCS Brandon

Parade of Flight
Coast Guard Search & Rescue Demonstration – MH-54D


  1. lol….# 7 ? looks like # 4 to me ? lol…just sayin ….

    Comment by Pat — 8:49 pm July 27, 2014 #

  2. Glad they are back this year!

    Comment by Ray — 10:28 pm July 27, 2014 #

  3. Sad they are back this year!

    Comment by John — 5:43 am July 28, 2014 #

  4. Welcome back Blue Angels!

    Comment by Anne — 8:09 am July 28, 2014 #

  5. Glad to have them back. I hope they fly low and loud over west Seattle.

    Comment by Korm66 — 8:43 am July 28, 2014 #

  6. Absolutely wonderful to see the Blue Angels back!

    Comment by George — 12:35 pm July 28, 2014 #

  7. I have to be a hypocrite when the Blue Angels come to town. I hate the governments misuse of our tax dollars, but I love the Blue Angels way more. They also say it really helps with recruiting to our military. Regardless, I can’t wait to have my front row view of the shows starting Thursday. So glad they are back!

    Comment by 4thGenWS — 1:54 pm July 28, 2014 #

  8. I loved the one year they performed over Elliot Bay…jet smoke blowing through the house and an immigrant ice cream man yelling and asking me if they are friendlies. If my tax dollars are being wasted at least I can enjoy it.

    Comment by JayDee — 6:22 pm July 28, 2014 #

  9. Hell yeah! Amurica!

    Comment by Amurica — 8:46 pm July 28, 2014 #

  10. WSB do you know if the aircraft will be following the same route as the ships (overhead)? Or will the aircraft kind of be all over at different times?

    Comment by ScubaFrog — 10:06 am July 29, 2014 #

  11. I don’t. Last time – we have video from 2012 – they tended to fly north/south along the downtown waterfront. But I will try asking the various public-info officers who have been sending the basics, and if there’s anything more to say we’ll have another preview tonight ….

    Comment by WSB — 10:15 am July 29, 2014 #

  12. Cool WSB, thanks :)

    Comment by ScubaFrog — 4:32 pm July 29, 2014 #

  13. Blue Angels… The Sound of Freedom,

    Comment by Steve — 8:15 pm July 30, 2014 #

  14. Welcome home Blue Angels! You have been part of every August since I was a little girl many decades ago and you are a tradition I do not wish to forgo. For those who do not love the return of the blue Angels to Seattle find out where they don’t fly and move there.

    Comment by Aspensnow — 12:06 pm July 31, 2014 #

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